“The Oprah Winfrey Show” Audience Donates 25,000 New Books to Kids in Need to Celebrate the Show’s Final Broadcasts

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For 25 years, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” has inspired millions of viewers and set a tremendous standard for charitable giving and raising awareness of critical issues. First Book is proud to have been a part of one of the iconic program’s final episodes, providing 13,000 brand-new books for today’s broadcast — one for each member of the live studio audience. Those books — along with thousands more — will be distributed through First Book’s national network of schools and programs serving children in need.

Prior to the taping of the show, audience members were asked to go online and make a donation to First Book, choose from a list of titles and leave a personal message for Oprah. “Oprah” show fans exceeded all expectations, donating more than 25,000 brand-new books to First Book’s network of school and programs serving children in low-income communities across the country.

“Oprah’s been such an inspiration to so many of us — not just through her personal example, but through her focus on education and the power of books to change lives,” said Kyle Zimmer, president and CEO of First Book. “We were honored to be a part of this special moment, and delighted to have the opportunity to help ‘Oprah’ show fans say ‘thank you’.”

To learn more about First Book, and to support our mission of ensuring that children in need have access to new books, please visit firstbook.org

Pictured: Audience members at the May 17 taping of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at Chicago’s United Center hold up 13,000 new books – just a part of the more than 25,000 books donated by the “Oprah” show audience to schools and programs serving children in need through the nonprofit organization First Book. Credit: Copyright 2011, Harpo, Inc./All Rights Reserved/Photographer: George Burns. (PRNewsFoto/First Book, George Burns) CHICAGO, IL UNITED STATES